Stressed from work? Too many things on your mind? If you face these questions, you’ll be advised to try meditation.
It’s a well-known fact that meditation helps someone to refocus his/her life when it’s out of balance.
Are there any other benefits to meditating? Let’s find out.
Probably the most common use for meditation, stress reduction.
A study that included over 3,500 adults showed that it lives up to its reputation for stress reduction (healthline).
Normally, mental and physical stress cause increased levels of the stress hormone cortisol.
Cortisol is the hormone responsible for other diseases like cancer and heart disease.
This produces many of the harmful effects of stress, such as the release of inflammation-promoting chemicals called cytokines.
These effects can disrupt sleep, promote depression and anxiety, increase blood pressure and contribute to fatigue and cloudy thinking.
Who isn’t anxious nowadays? With the economy so bad, the outbreak of the coronavirus, political news, who isn’t anxious?
Fact is anxiety will hit us hard every day. Some people might handle it well, whereas some people don’t cope as well.
This where meditation comes in. Meditation reduces symptoms of anxiety disorders, such as phobias, social anxiety, paranoid thoughts, obsessive-compulsive behaviors and panic attacks.
Heck even your very job will give you anxiety. Meditating will help control job-related anxiety in high-pressure work environments, allowing you to focus better.
Have you ever felt blur? Unaware what’s going on in the environment around you? Lost? Well some forms of meditation may help you develop a stronger understanding of yourself, helping you grow into your best self.
Self-inquiry meditation specifically aims to help you develop a greater understanding of yourself and how you relate to those around you.
Other forms teach you to recognize thoughts that may be harmful or self-defeating. The main idea is the greater awareness of your thought habits, and how you can use it to your advantage (healthline).
In one interesting study, 40 senior men and women who took a mindfulness meditation program experienced reduced feelings of loneliness, compared to a control group that had been placed on a wait list for the program (healthline).
Trouble having ideas at work? Meditation may cultivate more creative problem solving.
Aids Attention Span
Trouble paying attention? Well meditation can help here.
Focused-attention based meditation is like exercising your attention span. It helps increase the strength and endurance of your attention.
Meditation may even reverse patterns in the brain that causes mind-wandering, worrying and poor attention.
So what are you waiting for? Go out there and start meditating!
6th March 2020 21:50
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